Powering Potential

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) makes it possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk, which powers language, literacy, and lifetime success.

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Listening & Spoken Language (LSL)

Learning listening and spoken language (LSL) is possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Discover what the LSL approach is, why it matters, and what it takes to teach your child how to listen and talk.

Parents' LSL Journey: Julie Lyles Carr and Mike Carr

HEARING TESTING & DEVICES

It’s important for you to know the hearing status of your baby. If they have hearing loss, there are medical and technological ways to get auditory information through the doorway to your baby’s brain.

Dr. Carol Flexer, a notable audiology thought leader, explains how we hear with our brains and why hearing technology is so important.

LSL Services & Support

After receiving a hearing loss diagnosis and fitting your child with hearing technology, you should continue your listening and spoken language (LSL) journey by seeking early LSL intervention services and building a team of professionals, friends, and family to support you along the way.

Lillian Henderson, Certified LSLS®, shares her perspective on the parent-professional partnership in LSL intervention.

Learning & Growing LSL

The goal of the LSL approach is for your child with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language skills just like their hearing friends. Discover some of the strategies you can use, how to include LSL techniques in your daily routines, and how to prepare for new life experiences as your child grows.

Meet children with hearing loss speaking for themselves about their hearing devices, their school, and what they love to do!

Listening & Reading Connection

There’s a direct connection between the development of listening and spoken language (LSL) and literacy skills, like reading and writing. By incorporating the listening and reading connection into your baby’s daily life, you can grow their brain for a lifetime of reading and unlimited possibilities.  

Hunter is in second grade with hearing friends. Watch as she participates in reading with her classmates.

Celebrate LSL

Hearing is the foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school. Hearing powers language, literacy, dreams, opportunities, and lifetime success. Hearing powers a child’s potential.

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Mike and Julie talk about their early experience making the decision to pursue LSL for Maesy. Listen as they share how their LSL interventionist helped them set and exceed high expectations for her.

Riley’s mom shares her initial fears as her daughter started mainstream school. Listen as she talks about overcoming those fears through asking questions and finding the right place with supportive teachers for her daughter’s successful transition to school with hearing friends.

Celebrate Outcomes: An Inside Look

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August 17, 2017

Connecting the Dots Between Basic Brain Biology and Literacy

Hearing First recently published a white paper breaking down the vast amount of research informing the practices for teaching a child who is deaf or hard of hearing to develop literacy through Listening and Spoken Language (LSL). Hear from Hearing First CEO Teresa Caraway and white paper author Carol Flexer as they discuss why the document was commissioned and what it means for the LSL community. You can also download the document to read the research summary for yourself!

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August 3, 2017

Tips from the Trenches: Working with Your Child’s School Team

Starting a new school year can feel overwhelming for parents, students and teachers. Here are some tips to help you work with your child’s school to create a smooth school year transition that will set them up for long term success in listening, learning, academic participation and social interaction.

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July 26, 2017

Team Takeaways: Highlights from the AG Bell Symposium

It’s been almost a month since we returned from the 2017 AG Bell Symposium in Washington DC and we’re still inspired by all the knowledge-sharing and connected learning that took place with other LSL professionals from around the world. Read some of the takeaways and highlights from the Hearing First team members who attended the event!

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At Hearing First, we want all children to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening and for parents to learn the status of their baby’s hearing first. Hearing is a foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school.

Today, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk and can achieve learning and literacy outcomes on par with their hearing friends. The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, amplified, and receiving help, the more opportunities that child will have. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success. We are dedicated to powering potential.

Want to learn more about what we do?

Download this handout to find out more about our vision and how we’re working to power LSL outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.